Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries


Contact: Larry Woodruff

Organization: Arlington United Methodist Church

Address 1: 6145 Quintard St.

City: Arlington

State: TN 38002

Phone: 901-867-3977


Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Job Description

Arlington United Methodist Church

6145 Quintard St
Arlington, TN  38002

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arlington United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, one neighborhood at the time.

Job Title:  Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Status:  Full-time, Salaried

Hours:  40+ Hours per week

Job Summary:

The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries directs a Christian ministry to and with the youth and young adults of Arlington United Methodist Church and surrounding communities that fosters faith in Jesus Christ and equips youth to be in ministry to others.

Reports To: Senior Pastor and Staff/Parish Relations Committee

Observable Qualifications

  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication, conflict management, and computer skills
  • Personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and a passion to serve youth ministry within the church.   
  • Passion and ability to work with youth and young adults in ministry
  • Understands current youth culture and is a champion of diversity
  • Agreement with our church’s vision, goals and statement of faith
  • Teachable, with a desire to grow in their faith and abilities
  • Ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field.  Professional Certification in Youth Ministry is desired.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Grow disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive ministry to (and with) youth and young adults, including group building, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and service.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Middle School and High School aged weekly programming and events, including Sunday School classes.
  • Make yourself available to youth in a variety of ways including a regular presence at Arlington Middle School and Arlington High School (i.e. lunch periods, sporting events and community programming).
  • Support and guide the work of the Youth Ministries Team to schedule, plan, and carry out all youth ministry activities including age-appropriate retreats/trips.
  • Develop relationships and maintain regular communication with parents of participating youth and in corporation with the senior pastor, meet with students and their families when pastoral care is needed.
  • Mentor youth in developing their leadership skills.
  • Recruit and train volunteers who work with youth and ensure adequate volunteer support, and adult to youth ratios.
  • Be aware of resources for developing youth and young adult programming and participate in continuing education events and training opportunities.
  • In cooperation with the Senior Pastor, coordinate and assist in teaching annual Confirmation classes.
  • Be a liaison between the church and other community organizations, people, and resources that relate to youth and young adults. 
  • Coordinate all aspects of young adult programming and events, including college-age, singles, and couples.
  • Keep records of youth participation and manage the youth ministry budget.
  • Communicate in a timely manner and as effectively as possible using all available resources (email, website, bulletin, bulletin board, etc.).
  • Ensure that all programs and events follow Safe Sanctuary guidelines.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend church council, Charge Conference, and other meetings as needed or requested.
  • In consultation with the Senior Pastor prepare, submit, and administer an annual youth budget and goals.
  • Prepare and submit a periodic summary report of the mission, goals, plans and successes in youth and young adult ministry for the Church Council or other groups as requested.

Additional Comments/Expectations

  • The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is hired by the Staff/Parish Relations Committee and the Senior Pastor.
  • The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries shall perform all responsibilities under the direction and supervision of the Senior Pastor, complying with these guidelines and other employee policies as adopted.
  • The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries shall meet with the Senior Pastor for clarification of the vision for this ministry, strategic planning, and for guidance, prayer, and support.
  • The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries shall be evaluated annually by the Senior Pastor, with input from the Staff/Parish Relations Committee.
  • The Staff/Parish Relations Committee is available to provide support and hear concerns.
  • Regular worship attendance at Arlington United Methodist Church is expected.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check and drug screening is a prerequisite for employment.



Additional Duties

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

To Reply, Email the Following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Plan for youth/young adult ministry